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    First trip EVER this November

    So I'm going to Disney Land for the first time ever this November. I have a few questions and a desire for tips.

    Are they closing the Aladdin musical? If so when?

    How crowded is it this time of year? (will be going Thanksgiving week)

    When do the christmas decorations go up?

    What attractions are a must see (besides the ones that are also at Disney World)?

    What attractions is Fast Pass available one?

    That is all the questions I can think of at the moment please feel free to give me some general tips. Thanks!
    Last edited by AngelofMusic; 07-27-2006 at 09:14 AM.

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    Re: First trip EVER this November

    Well, since you are going Thanksgiving week, expect it to be busy. Monday and Tuesday won't be too bad, but starting Wednesday afternoon and into the evening it will get crazy. T-Day will be busy as well. Friday, Saturday and into Sunday it will be a zoo. It will start to clear out late Sunday and pretty much empty out after the parade and fireworks.

    Yes, you will be able to enjoy the Christmas decorations and even a visit with Santa.

    Do the rides that interest you. Of course, our favorites are: POTC, HM, Space, Splash and Thunder Mountains, Matterhorn, Buzz, etc...

    Have a GREAT time! (we'll be there that week as well)

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    Re: First trip EVER this November

    Put Indian Jones on your list.

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    Re: First trip EVER this November

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    Re: First trip EVER this November

    Attractions Not at WDW -
    Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
    Matterhorn
    Indiana Jones
    New Orleans Square
    StoryBook Land Canal Boats
    Alice in Wonderland
    Casey Jr. Circus Train
    Pinocchio
    Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin
    Davey Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
    Tarzan’s Treehouse
    Columbia Sailing Ship

    There's also that big space across the esplanade called DCA. It's got some pretty good rides, but not nearly as many as you would expect for a Disney park. Have a great time for me viacariosly, I'm suffering Serious Disney Withdrawls.


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    Re: First trip EVER this November

    Quote Originally Posted by AngelofMusic
    So I'm going to Disney Land for the first time ever this November. I have a few questions and a desire for tips.
    Sure, that's what most of us are here for!

    Quote Originally Posted by AngelofMusic
    Are they closing the Aladdin musical? If so when?
    Probably no. The post you may be referring to stated that the Disneyland Calendar of Events online had no shows after September 10th. But another post indicated that they were auditioning for new castmembers, so it may be that the show will go down for a while September 10th and then re-emerge later in the year.

    Quote Originally Posted by AngelofMusic
    How crowded is it this time of year? (will be going Thanksgiving week)
    Thanksgiving week is traditionally very crowded, as lots of children are out of school, and many tourists are in Southern California to see family. Check out the graph below, and note the spike up near the Thanksgiving holiday:



    Quote Originally Posted by AngelofMusic
    When do the christmas decorations go up?
    Holiday decorations haven't been announced, but based upon last year, my best guess is Friday, November 10th.

    Quote Originally Posted by AngelofMusic
    What attractions are a must see (besides the ones that are also at Disney World)?
    That depends on what you like, and what ages are in your party, but Animatronics is what Disneyland does really, really well, so consider this a "top five" list for Disneyland:

    1. Pirates of the Caribbean;
    2. Indiana Jones;
    3. Space Mountain;
    4. Haunted Mansion; and
    5. Splash Mountain,

    among many, many others. We each have our preferences here on Micechat, sometimes strongly professed.

    In California Adventure, consider the following:

    1. Soarin' over California;
    2. Tower of Terror;
    3. Grizzly River Rapids;
    4. California Screamin'; and
    5. The Aladdin show at the Hyperion.

    Same caveats apply here (even more so when talking about DCA).

    Quote Originally Posted by AngelofMusic
    What attractions is Fast Pass available one?
    There's a sticky at the beginning of this board you should read. Currently the Fastpass attractions for each park are:

    In Disneyland:

    Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    Indiana Jones Adventure
    Splash Mountain
    Autopia
    Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
    Space Mountain
    Roger Rabbit's CarToon Spin

    At DCA:

    California Screamin'
    Mulholland Madness
    Soarin' Over California
    Tower of Terror; and
    Grizzly River Rapids

    Quote Originally Posted by AngelofMusic
    That is all the questions I can think of at the moment please feel free to give me some general tips. Thanks!
    My top five tips:

    1. Get to the park early! 30-40 minutes before opening.
    2. Take an afternoon break with shows, a nap, the pool, if you can;
    3. Use fastpass whenever possible (always have a fastpass ticket in your pocket);
    4. Use RideMax, or the plans in the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland; and
    5. Have fun! Take in the atmosphere at your own pace.

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    Re: First trip EVER this November

    ^Frogberto, I love the map visuals you use!

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    Re: First trip EVER this November

    Quote Originally Posted by A Disney Dreamer
    ^Frogberto, I love the map visuals you use!
    Thanks. I always think, "How can I explain things to my jury, if I can't make even MiceChatters understand me?"

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    Re: First trip EVER this November

    I find it so strange that the least busiest times at Disneyland are the days in-between DL's most popular holidays.

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    Re: First trip EVER this November

    Quote Originally Posted by Frogberto
    Probably no. The post you may be referring to stated that the Disneyland Calendar of Events online had no shows after September 10th. But another post indicated that they were auditioning for new castmembers, so it may be that the show will go down for a while September 10th and then re-emerge later in the year.
    Actually I read it at Aladdincentral.org who reported it was closing due to to an Aladdin show being made for Broadway.

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    Re: First trip EVER this November

    Quote Originally Posted by AngelofMusic
    Actually I read it at Aladdincentral.org who reported it was closing due to to an Aladdin show being made for Broadway.
    Okay, ... thanks.

    My point was just that it's in the "unconfirmed" category at the moment. The fact that posts here confirm that they are casting for shows beyond September 10th lead me to believe that it's not going away, but Disney could cancel the show at any time, even with a full cast set in place. They just haven't announced anything officially.

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    Re: First trip EVER this November

    Ok. Thought of another question.

    What is the weather like? How should I pack?

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    Re: First trip EVER this November

    the 1st thing you will want to do when you get there is to take a picture in front of the micky flower arrangement at the front entrance

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    Re: First trip EVER this November

    you should visit riderefurbs.com it will tell you what rides wil be down through the end of dec.
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    Re: First trip EVER this November

    The first thing to remember is that this is the ORIGINAL PARK. Don't get tripped up in the small size and proximity to McDonald's and Denny's on Harbor Blvd.
    My favorite thing to do first in the winter is to get a coffee and overpriced (but delicious) baked good from the bakery half-way down the left side of Main St.
    As far as rides go...
    POTC is much better than WDW
    You gotta do the Matterhorn
    Splash is great
    And of course...Indy

    Make sure you see the Christmas Parade. It is special.

    Also, try to hit the character meal at Goofy's Kitchen in the Disneyland Hotel.

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